|Mary - Mary Wollstonecraft|
LibriVox recording of Mary by Mary Wollstonecraft. Read in English by April Gonzales; JoannaHarker; Mary J Eliza, Mary's mother, is obsessed with novels, rarely considers anyone but herself, and favours Mary's brother. She neglects her daughter, who educates herself using only books and the natural world. Ignored by her family, Mary devotes much of her time to charity. When her brother suddenly dies, leaving Mary heir to the family's fortune, her mother finally takes an interest in her; she is ...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; literature; romance; feminism
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|The Pharaoh and the Priest - Bolesław Prus|
LibriVox recording of The Pharaoh and the Priest by Bolesław Prus. Pharaoh (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus (1847–1912). It was the sole historical novel by an author who had earlier disapproved of historical novels on the ground that they inevitably distort history. Pharaoh has been described by Czesław Miłosz as a "novel on mechanisms of state power and, as such, probably unique in world literature of the nineteenth century......
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks
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|Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev|
LibriVox recording of Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev. Read by Roger Melin. The fathers and children of the novel refers to the growing divide between the two generations of Russians, and the character Yevgeny Bazarov has been referred to as the "first Bolshevik", for his nihilism and rejection of the old order. Turgenev wrote Fathers and Sons as a response to the growing cultural schism that he saw between liberals of the 1830s/1840s and the growing nihilist movement...
Keywords: librivox; literature; audiobook; turgenev; fathers; sons; children; Russia; bolshevik; bolshevism; nihilism; redemption
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|Ralph the Heir - Anthony Trollope|
LibriVox recording of Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope. Read in English by Arnold. As usual, Trollope creates a nice variety of characters of different English classes, sentiments and positions. The primary themes are the inheritance of property, extravagance or reason in the spending of assets, the mating of young people, and the electoral practices of the time. The election chapters are based on Trollope's own experiences when he ran for Parliament.There are, of course, many subplots which ...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; victorian; entail; electioneering
Downloads: 1,333 (1 review)
|The Golden Bowl - Henry James|
Librivox recording of The Golden Bowl by Henry James. Read by Lee Ann Howlett. The Golden Bowl is a 1904 novel by Henry James. Set in England, this complex, intense study of marriage and adultery completes what some critics have called the "major phase" of James' career. The Golden Bowl explores the tangle of interrelationships between a father and daughter and their respective spouses. The novel focuses deeply and almost exclusively on the consciousness of the central characters, with sometimes...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; fiction; English literature
Downloads: 14,260 (1 review)
|These Twain - Arnold Bennett|
LibriVox recording of These Twain, by Arnold Bennett. Read by Simon Evers. Hilda is saved from destitution by Edwin Clayhanger who marries her. The two, with Hilda's son by her disastrous 'marriage' to George Cannon, are living in Bursley. Edwin does not enjoy an entirely happy marriage with Hilda because of her outspokenness. Hilda has strong opinions on matters which at the time were considered to be a male preserve – for example, on Edwin’s business...
Keywords: librivox; audiobook
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|Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress - Daniel Defoe|
LibriVox recording of Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress, by Daniel Defoe. Read by Edmund Bloxam. The full title of the novel is Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess de Wintselsheim. The novel concerns the story of an unnamed "fallen woman", the second time Defoe created such a character (the first was a similar female character in Moll Flanders)...
Keywords: Librivox; audiobook; fiction; women; society; prostitution; survival
Downloads: 5,367 (1 review)
|Miss Marjoribanks - Margaret O. Oliphant|
LibriVox recording of Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret O. Oliphant. Read in English by Michelle Crandall; mlcuiOne of the so-called "Chronicles of Carlingford", of which there were two short stories and five novels written from 1861 to 1876 by Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant. The Chronicles originally appeared in the famous Blackwood's Magazine. Mrs. Oliphant wrote prolifically in her career, and many of her main characters were independent, resourceful women...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; fiction; romance; comedy
Downloads: 1,860 (1 review)
|Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel - Guy de Maupassant|
LibriVox recording of Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel, by Guy de Maupassant. Read by Martin Geeson. “He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to it.” Though firmly set in 1880s Paris, Maupassant's gripping story of an amoral journalist on the make could, with only slight modifications of detail, be updated to the 1960s, to the Reagan-Thatcher years, or maybe to the present day...
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; fiction; popular literary fiction; anti-hero; arrivisme; flaneur
Downloads: 14,747 (1 review)
|The Pretty Lady - Arnold Bennett|
LibriVox recording of The Pretty Lady, by Arnold Bennett. Read by Simon Evers. ‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical and realistic. Christine is not a harpy preying on innocent soldiers, but a canny businesswoman, doing the best she can w...
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; WWI; England; London
Downloads: 3,194 (2 reviews)
|Consequences - E. M. Delafield|
LibriVox recording of Consequences by E. M. Delafield. Read by Caroline Driggs. Set in late Victorian England, “Consequences” follows the life of Alexandra Clare, a girl born into an upper class Catholic London family. Raised from birth for the privileged life of a wife and mother, Alexandra never quite fits in with her or her family’s expectations and fails at seemingly everything she tries – school, the marriage market, family life...
Keywords: librivox; audio; delafield; novel
Downloads: 1,354 (2 reviews)
|The Vicar of Bullhampton - Anthony Trollope|
LibriVox recording of The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope. Read by Angel5 This little-known but engrossing Trollope novel, published in 1870, centers on a feisty small-town clergyman, his cantankerous neighbor, the miller, and the women in both their lives. A murder, a trial, a feud, a fallen woman, and a complicated romance are woven together in an exploration of the limits of our ability to truly do right when we involve ourselves in the lives of others, even with the best intentions...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; British literature; fiction; novels; romance
Downloads: 5,527 (2 reviews)
|The Riddle Ring - Justin McCarthy|
LibriVox recording of The Riddle Ring, by Justin McCarthy (1830–1912). Read by Ruth Golding. This romantic mystery - or mysterious romance - tells the tale of jilted lover, Jim Conrad, who discovers an unusual gold ring while on a visit to Paris. What is the story of the ring? Why is Clelia Vine so sad? Who is the nameless 'chief'? And how is a dour English barber in a Parisian salon mixed up in all this? The novel, published in 1896, was written by Justin McCarthy, an Irish nationalist, Liber...
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; romance; mystery; victorian fiction; novel
Downloads: 4,238 (3 reviews)
|Buried Alive - Bennett, Arnold|
LibriVox recording of Buried Alive, by Arnold Bennett. Read by Simon Evers. The hero is Mr Priam Farll, a painter of considerable ability. He is, however, extremely shy – so shy that when his valet, Henry Leek, dies suddenly, the doctor believes the dead man to be Priam Farll and the live man the valet. The artist does not try to disabuse him. After the funeral (in Westminster Abbey), Priam Farll marries a widow and lives a happy life until the loss of his wife’s money means he has to take u...
Keywords: LibriVox; audio book; satire
Downloads: 5,399 (3 reviews)
|The Lovels of Arden - Mary Elizabeth Braddon|
LibriVox recording of The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read by Cathy Barratt The novel traces the return of a young Englishwoman from several years of schooling abroad, to find that her life will not take up where she thought it would. Clarissa Lovel faced not only an emotionally and financially bereft father, but her first glimpse at love - and that not from the best vantage point. (Summary by Cathy Barratt) For further information, including links to online text, reader informati...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; fiction; Victorian romance
Downloads: 5,837 (2 reviews)
|Miss Mackenzie - Anthony Trollope|
LibriVox recording of Miss Mackenzie, by Anthony Trollope. Read by Kirsten Wever. The thirty-five year-old (hence utterly over-the-hill) Miss Margaret Mackenzie, having devoted her life to others, suddenly finds herself with no one to care for, and in possession of a moderate fortune. Having money, she is now much sought-after and no longer universally deemed too old to marry. Partly because she has spent her life taking care of the brother whose money she has now inherited, she has no experienc...
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; satirical; Victorian; fortune hunters; role of women; old maid
Downloads: 10,361 (3 reviews)
|Literary Lapses - Stephen Leacock|
LibriVox recording of Literary Lapses, by Stephen Leacock. Read by TriciaG. Short sketches relating the humourous side of life in 1910. "Professor Leacock has made more people laugh with the written word than any other living author. One may say he is one of the greatest jesters, the greatest humorist of the age." – A. P. Herbert (Summary by TriciaG and Wikipedia) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), p...
Keywords: Librivox; audiobook; humor; comedy; anecdotes
Downloads: 4,646 (3 reviews)
|Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens|
LibriVox recording of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. Read by Mil Nicholson Our Mutual Friend, the last novel completed by Charles Dickens, has many plots, twists and turns, from the murky river Thames to the gold and crystal on the tables of ‘Society’. A tale of murder, treachery, jealousy and love, takes us first to a rowing boat on the Thames, where the Hexhams have found a body in the water and are bringing it to shore...
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; Dickens; fiction; English literature
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|The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky|
LibriVox recording of The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы) is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. The book portrays a parricide in which each of a murdered man's sons share a varying degree of complicity. The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel that explores deep into the ethical debates of God, free will, and moralit...
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; literature
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